Campgrounds and RV parks across New York State are welcoming campers and visitors to come geocache at their parks this summer. The parks are all members of Campground Owners of New York (CONY), a trade association of privately owned campgrounds in New York State.
This is the fourth year that CONY has set up geocaching sites in New York State. Participating CONY parks offer geocaching as an outdoor recreational activity for both their campers and geocaching enthusiasts. A complete list of New York campgrounds and RV parks – including GPS coordinates – can be found at www.gogeocachingny.com. Locations include:
• Finger Lakes Region: Camp Bell Campground, Campbell; Country Charm Campground, Middlesex; Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort, Bath; and Lake Bluff Campground, Wolcott.
• Central New York: Lebanon Reservoir Campground, Hamilton.
• Adirondacks: Lake George RV Park, Lake George.
• Catskills: Brookside Campground, Catskill; Saugerties/Woodstock KOA, Saugerties.
• Hudson Valley Region: Brook n Wood Family Campground, Elizaville; Copake KOA, Copake.
According to Groundspeak, Inc., on its website at geocaching.com, “Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.” The website notes there are over 1.75 million active geocaches hidden around the world, and over 5 million enthusiasts.
“Geocaching is the perfect RV hobby, and a great way for the kids to play a high-tech version of ‘hide-and-seek’,” according to Rosemary Curtis, operations manager for Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort. “We’ve actually hidden caches in our park for several years before CONY’s program, and our campers have a lot of fun with our geocaching games.”
“Our goal with geocaching is to bring visitors into CONY facilities to enjoy the combination of electronics and outdoors in such a way that their camping experience will be further enhanced.” says Donald G. Bennett, Jr., CONY’s President and CEO. “The geocaching locations scattered across New York State also provide a great way for people to plan interesting road trips around their geocaching adventures.”
One lucky treasure hunter looking for geocaches on June 9th – National Get Outdoors Day – will win a new Garmin eTrex 10 handheld GPS valued at $120, if they find and turn in the special GO Day geocaching coin hidden at one of the CONY locations that day.
Campground Owners of New York, founded in 1963, is an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York State. More information about the association and its campgrounds – including a free camping directory – is available at www.nycampgrounds.com.
source: Saugerties Post Star